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by PAstrychef
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 249552

Re: Recommend a book

Dewey Lambdin has a series similar to Hornblower: British, Napoleonic Wars, naval settings. The first one is The King’s Coat. Rather more “adult” than Hornblower-Alan Lewrie is fond of women. Then there are plenty of books about solo sailors such as Tristan Jones’ Ice! and Gypsy Moth Circles The Wor...
by PAstrychef
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

My mom is vegetarian half the month, so I made mushroom risotto for her. Except that risotto rice is expensive as hell considering it's Peasant origins. The second time I made it, I used California Rose rice instead. Much cheaper and they didn't notice a difference. I detected less of a bite, as th...
by PAstrychef
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 44
Views: 12943

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

I’m listening to some of P.D. James’s mysteries, which are set in the late 1990s. Still excellently written, they have taken on a sheen of history-many of them are concerned with the movement of women out of the home and into professions. Indeed, one of them is titled An Unsuitable Job For A Woman. ...
by PAstrychef
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 1917

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

Going all the way back to the original question why do you want to fit The Lion King into this framework? There are plenty of examples of anthropomorphic animals dealing with this issue, from Aesop’s the stork and the fox to Brian Jacque’s Redwall. Given that LK is also seen as a variation on Hamlet...
by PAstrychef
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Some really good meatloaf. A mix of beef and pork, plenty of Worcestershire sauce and glazed with bbq sauce, instead of my usual bacon wrapping. (Had bacon for breakfast, did not actually want more) I have been making two loaves at a time so that one can go in the freezer for a day without energy or...
by PAstrychef
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
Replies: 15
Views: 1047

Re: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Mom and I are going to my nephews in Miami because I just don’t want to have to cook and deal with the whole meal after one of the busiest weeks of the year at work.
by PAstrychef
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Some really nice banana bread with walnuts and chocolate chips. Mom insists on buying bananas, only to not eat them so we have loads in the feeezer. Some become smoothies, but I finally baked with a few. I made many small loaves, so they can be frozen.
by PAstrychef
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33696

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

It really depends on the filling, but an all butter crust with very little sugar, a bit more salt and some chopped herbs works well. If you can get good leaf lard that makes a fantastic savory crust. If the pie has two crusts then it doesn’t get par-baked. If it only has one then par-baking is a goo...
by PAstrychef
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Another big pot of chicken soup. Very careful carrying it downstairs, will be even more careful bringing it back up tomorrow.
by PAstrychef
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Sautéed skate in brown butter with pepitas and roasted chiogga beets. There was brown butter cooking at work and the smell had me thinking about how good it is as a sauce. Gnocchi are traditional, but I wasn’t interested in carbs. Went to the good fish shop and saw the skate.
by PAstrychef
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5210

Re: Ethics of Research

One answer to the question of “if it can be done, should it be done?” can be found in the film Jurassic Park.
by PAstrychef
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5210

Re: Ethics of Research

If a person is capable of doing X must that person do it? Who’s to say that character was any good at cancer research? Very few researchers actually advance their subject in any substantial way.
The concept of what is “owed” to society by individuals is relative.
by PAstrychef
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Just made a batch of what we call Washington cookies-oatmeal, walnut, chocolate chip. The scale went wonky when I was weighing the sugars so they spread like anything. I’m not sure if they will be extra crispy when cold or stay flexible.
by PAstrychef
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Since I never use the app to control my circulator I’ve never had any issues. I look up times and temps, manually set the temp and start a timer. It does suck that the company wants your data, but you don’t have to make it available. If you find a used Bluetooth model, it shouldn’t be a problem.
by PAstrychef
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5210

Re: Ethics of Research

1) no
2) no
by PAstrychef
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33696

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I love leftovers. I toss them together in a frying pan in whatever combination appeals, add a fried egg and dinner is cooked. Of course, this only works when I’m dining alone. Luckily I seem unable to cook in small enough quantities for me and mom that there aren’t leftovers on a regular basis.
by PAstrychef
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

I got an Anova circulator when it was on sale as a birthday present to myself. I use it once or twice a month and really like the results. Usually it’s a matter of needing to get something cooking that I don’t have to watch, often I start whatever it was from frozen. I haven’t played with cooking eg...
by PAstrychef
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Sous vide pork chops. I added some chopped tangerine peel, sesame oil and soy sauce to the bags, which worked out pretty well. They were huge chops, over an inch thick. I let them go for about 3 hours and then seared them in a smoking hot cast iron skillet. A few days ago I did a chicken noodle broc...
by PAstrychef
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

A bistilla, or Moroccan chicken pie, from the freezer. Mom thawed it despite not recognizing the label, thinking it might be a plum cake.
The plum cakes are hidden behind the shelf of ice cream treats mom likes to purchase, then not eat.
by PAstrychef
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

That does look pretty! Last weekend I made an aubergine, zucchini and capsicum stew, with tomato as the stew base. I spiced it with smoked paprika and Italian herb mix. It turned out pretty great actually. Stews are so easy and so good. Otherwise known as eggplant, courgette and peppers. Were they ...
by PAstrychef
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Macrons are tricky. You might have overmixed the first batch. You could try using powered peanut butter in your mix instead of the almond flour. Start with 25% and adjust from there.
by PAstrychef
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Shrimp in a coconut curry sauce over rice. I used a curry base I bought in Paris. It’s lemon and ginger, or as the label read “citron et gingembre”. It’s good, but not “return to Paris at once good.” I may try to match its flavors.
by PAstrychef
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 3383

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Actually, media for children is of more value than media for adults because it’s created and used to be far more than just entertainment. It’s how we teach children morals, social norms, how to behave, etc. Look at Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood-kids were supposed to enjoy it, but Mr. Rodgers discussed al...
by PAstrychef
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

A serious disappointment. I read an article and recipe for a steamed ginger custard that I immediately wanted to make. It took about six weeks, but I got to get them custards steamed at last, and they were just meh. I did over cook them, but the flavor of the custard was just boring. It needs at lea...
by PAstrychef
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 69
Views: 4588

Re: Class vs class

Behaviors traditionally seen as “low class” can often be linked to poor impulse control. The willingness to curb your behavior so it doesn’t interfere with the lives of others is regarded as civility. Self control and constraint are seen as essential traits of the “better” class of people. So, it ha...
by PAstrychef
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

I made buttermilk waffles to go with fried chicken for dinner last night! And last week I waffled some hash browns. The choux paste waffle is interesting. Anyone know a good recipe for a Belgian gauffret?
by PAstrychef
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

For dinner it was portobello mushrooms stuffed with a filling of white beans, spinach and prosciutto. The first time I tried this the filling was way too dry, so this time I added some sour cream, herbs, garlic and chive cream cheese left from break fast. A huge improvement. Served with a fried egg ...
by PAstrychef
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 33696

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Dealing with edibles whilst fasting is obnoxious.
by PAstrychef
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Thank you, I love that idea; it seems to me it would also stop it from doming and having to cut so much off. I have had some luck with wet towel strips around the pans but this sounds much simpler. Any advice on not having the cake taste stale if I have to freeze the iced cake to set the glaze? I u...
by PAstrychef
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

One trick is to bake the cake in sheets and use the cake pan to cut out rounds that are all the same size. For seven layers they can be thin and the cake will still be impressive.
by PAstrychef
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Was going to make tahcheen, a Persian baked rice dish filled with eggplant and mushrooms, but didn’t want to wait for it to bake, so I just made the filling and some lentils and we ate it like that.
by PAstrychef
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Twice baked butternut squash with bacon-pecan brittle. Also red beans and rice with sausages. Did you add any other cured meats for flavor? I've made red beans and rice before, and I'm curious if anyone else thinks it's worth it to add specialty meats for flavor boosters. (Lard, smoked ham hock/tas...
by PAstrychef
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Thai style meatballs in a red curry broth with udon noodles. Just the thing for a cooler, end-of-summer dinner.
by PAstrychef
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Twice baked butternut squash with bacon-pecan brittle. Also red beans and rice with sausages.
by PAstrychef
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 144
Views: 42008

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

They change so quickly, don’t they?
by PAstrychef
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Ok, about tempering chocolate. Tempering controls the formation of the crystals in the chocolate, which define the look and texture of the finished product. If you just cool the chocolate, the crystals form unevenly, leading to streaks on the surface and a crumbly texture. The only really tricky par...
by PAstrychef
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

First off I would add an extra egg and remove the baking powder. Brownies tend not to have leaveners. These are touted as being low in fat or I would also add some melted unsweetened chocolate. I like one ounce of chocolate per egg. Melt it and beat it into the bananas.
by PAstrychef
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833443

Re: Today I Made:

Give us the recipe, we can probably fix that for you.
Made beef kofta. Discovered at the bottom of the recipe that it wanted two pounds of beef, not one. Quick, grab an extra pound from the freezer, nuke it a bit and work it in.
by PAstrychef
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?
Replies: 7
Views: 1777

Re: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?

And there is evidence that what you are hearing can change the way foods taste.
by PAstrychef
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?
Replies: 7
Views: 1777

Re: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?

The main reason is aesthetics. People like the way they look.

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